Greatest TOP 14 Player of All Time
For the last seven days, we’ve hosted daily polls to find your ‘Greatest TOP 14 Player of All Time’. Match-ups included the likes of all-time TOP 14 try-scorer Vincent Clerc and the French powerhouse Aurelien Rougerie.
The finale was grand, with a monster face-off between the world rugby legend and ex-Toulon fly-half Jonny Wilkinson and ex-Racing 92 and Lyon legend Sébastien Chabal.
Who won? Well, with just a nail-bitingly close, extra 13 votes, Chabal was named your ‘Greatest TOP 14 Player of All Time’.
Chabal, otherwise known as ‘The Caveman’, burst into the French division of rugby in 1998 where he played as a flanker for CS Bourgoin-Jallieu. From then on, it was only a matter of time until Chabal made the French International team. Following a stint at Sale Sharks in England, he then returned to France to see out the 5 years of his career at Racing 92 and Lyon.
Why was Sébastien Chabal so successful and such a fan favourite? Let’s take a closer look. He made over 60 appearances for France. This amount of tests for your country is some feat and ultimately one of the many reasons Chabal became a national rugby hero. During these tests, he won two grand slams and scored a whopping 373 points. Chabal was never the most technically gifted players of all time but his passion and work rate was unprecedented. Known for his huge tackles and rampaging charges, some would call him a backline’s nightmare.
Look up ‘TOP 14 icon’ and you’ll find Sébastien Chabal. He’s not only adored by French fans, but he’s also loved by rugby fans across the globe. His passion for the game and fight to win is something to be admired.